DCAT Mentoring Scheme

DCAT Mentoring Scheme

One of DCAT’s objectives is to attract, retain and develop future clinical academic staff within Dundee. The DCAT mentoring scheme, led by Dr Isla Mackenzie, aims to provide a framework to support the personal and professional development of University of Dundee clinical academic trainees. Mentoring provides many benefits to both mentees and mentors and most people find it a positive and helpful experience.

Potential mentees (clinical lecturers, clinical fellows and those on the academic foundation programme) are invited to join the voluntary scheme. A list of potential mentors is available from the DCAT Administrator (dcat@dundee.ac.uk). Dr Isla Mackenzie considers all requests for mentoring and pairs mentors and mentees such that no mentor has too many mentees. Once mentors and mentees are matched, the mentee is provided with their allocated mentor’s contact details and advised to make contact to arrange a first meeting.

To facilitiate the process, mentor and mentee guidelines are provided, outlining the rules of conduct and providing advice on how to get the most out of the mentor-mentee relationship. In addition, confidentiality agreements and declarations of good conduct must be signed during the first meeting to ensure that both parties agree on the boundaries of the mentor-mentee relationship.